Immigration Detention

  • Every year, hundreds of thousands of immigrants are locked up in detention centers in the United States. These immigrants, mostly undocumented, face brutal and inhumane conditions, lasting days to months. With no personal liberties and freedom, many detained immigrants face no option but to remain voiceless and powerless within the system until deported or released. For this issue of immigration detention, the sub-topics of privatized detention centers, inhumane treated, lack of medical care, and protests are discussed.

CultureStrike, Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement, End Family Detention, Families For Freedom, and NWDC Resistance.

"Visions From The Inside." Visions From The Inside. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2017. . This source offers a lot of variation and a lot of different perspectives. The problem is that it is not coming directly from the detainees themselves but one can still gain an understand of the situation these people are in.

 

Fisher, Steve, Edmon De Haro, Sara Rathod, Inae Oh, Edwin Rios, Hannah Levintova, and Ashley Dejean. "The Impossibly Expensive, Completely Invasive Way to Get out of Immigration Detention." Mother Jones. N.p., 2016. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.

 

"Tortured & Detained Survivor Stories of U.S. Immigration Detention." UUCS, Nov. 2013. Web. Detained voices. N.p., 09 Dec. 2016. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. Summarize: The point of these articles is to give people held in these detention centers the voice that is stifled by the Home Office in the U.K. and all over the world. There are so many testimonies that vary from reporting deaths in the centers, discuss the ongoing hunger strikes, sharing their story, and asking for help. The testimonies are separated by the different detention stories and most of the detainees have lived in the U.K. for several years and don’t have much of a permanent record, if any at all. A lot of testimonies discuss how inhumane the Home Office is and how, really, the process is unjust.

"Children from the camps (2002)." Refugee Action Committee. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2017. Summarize: The goal of this website is to share the stories of children refugees, which often displays the cruelty of the detention centers. I would have preferred hearing the stories from the children themselves, but the website does add some extra information about the family and the system.

"Hidden Stories." AVID. Big Loaded Lottery, n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2017. "Yeslin, Just 9, Speaks out from inside the Berks Family Detention Center." End Family Detention. Xcia Media, 07 Sept. 2016. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.

Fernández, Valeria. "These Asylum-seekers Are Being Forced to Raise Their Kids in Immigration 'jails'." Global Nation. Ed. Angilee Shah. Public Radio International, 7 July 2016. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.

Jawetz, Tom. "Testimony of Tom Jawetz on Immigration Detention Conditions." American Civil Liberties Union. N.p., 9 July 2007. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

Hennessy-Fiske, Molly. "Ex-worker at Karnes Immigrant Detention Center Says She Saw Unethical Behavior." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2015. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

Mares, Sarah, and Louise K. Newman. Acting from the Heart: Australian Advocates for Asylum Seekers Tell Their Stories. Sydney: Finch, 2007. Print. The book serves to gain insight into what immigration detention is like in other countries, specifically Australia. It is an accumulation of the stories of asylum seeker advocates.

"Private Prisons for Immigrant Families Grow Despite Court Ruling Against "Detention as Deterrence"." Democracy Now! N.p., 25 Mar. 2015. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.

"Detainees' Stories." Bail for Immigration Detainees. B.I.D., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2017. .